The Man Who Would Be King
Rudyard Kipling's epic of splendor, spectacle and high adventure at the top of a legendary world.
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 9, 2010
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Vintage Featurette Call It Magic: The Making of The Man Who Would Be King
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- Producton Notes
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey, Jack May, Doghmi Larbi, Shakira Caine & Paul Antrim|
|Directed by||John Huston|
|Edited by||Russell Lloyd|
|Screenwriting by||John Huston & Gladys Hill|
|Composition by||Maurice Jarre|
|Art Direction by||Tony Inglis|
|Story by||Rudyard Kipling|
|Produced by||John Foreman|
|Director of Photography:||Oswald Morris|
... one of the most rousing adventures of the 1970s. Full Review
Christopher Plummer is Rudyard Kipling in John Huston's peerless version of the classic Kipling story.
Wall Street Journal
[John] Huston... has, at 70, created a swan song of rare power, insight and bravado, and those doubters who felt he had out-directed his usefulness will have to take another, closer look. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Rating: 4/4 -- It's been a long time since there's been an escapist entertainment quite this unabashed and thrilling and fun. Full Review
It's pure Huston: an impossible quest, an out-of-reach grail and an ironic twist leading to a supremely glorious failure. Full Review
Stream on Demand
Rating: B- -- A decent but hardly great adventure escapist film, that's played for broad comedy. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: B+ -- It's a mystery why John Hustorn's exciting version of Kipling's classic adventure, terrifically acted by Sean Connery and Michael Caine, was such a commercial flop. Full Review
Two engaging soldiers of fortune ply their less than respectable trade in 19th century India. They contrive and carry out a daring plan to become rulers of the isolated land of Kafiristan. Based on the 1889 short story by Rudyard Kipling. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best (Adapted) Screenplay.
Based on the classic story by Anglo-Indian novelist Rudyard Kipling, two British adventurers, former soldiers in Her Majesty's Service, give up the drudgery of eking out a living, legal and illegal, in poverty Raj-ruled India, and set out for the isolated, desolate land of Kafiristan to become heroes or, perhaps, even kings...
Adventure | Big Battles | Buddies | Scams And Cons | Epic | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema | Based On A Novel
- Color by Technicolor; shot in Panavision on location in Morocco, Grand Montée, Chamonix, France and Pinewood Studios, London, England.
- Shown at the Teheran Film Festival November 27, 1975.
- The newspaper that Kipling edited was called "The Northern Star."
- Additional cast: Mohammad Shamsi (Babu), Karroom Ben Bouih (Kafu Selim), Albert Moses (Ghulam), Paul Antrim (Mulvaney), Graham Acres (Officer) and The Blue Dancers of Goulamine (The Dancers).
- Additional credits: Pat McDermott (hairdresser), Eunice Beharrell (assistant editor), Eric Van Harem-Noman (camera operator), Angela Allen (continuity), Les Hodgson (sound editor), Royal Service Company (production services).
- A Persky-Bright/Devon Feature. Copyright 1975 Devon Company.
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